Howland plans action to relieve flooding

By Shelby Schroeder

The township hopes storm-water problems will be resolved when the projects are done.

HOWLAND — Two major projects in Howland are aimed at giving residents a sigh of relief during wet weather.

Public Works Director David McCann said the township will move forward with rehabilitation projects in the Bolindale area and Foxcroft development to control the flow of rainwater.

Last year, grant money from the state’s Issue 2 fund was designated to two projects, the first of which is the Venice Heights Watershed.

In its design phase and awaiting bidding, the project is aimed at clearing out roadside ditches of trash and natural debris as well as repairing culverts in the area of Venice Heights and Rosewood drives.

McCann said the project will maximize water flow and alleviate flooding areas, a regular complaint by residents.

He said the combination of clogged ditches and the collapsed culverts has created pooling of rainwater in the neighborhood. To fix the culverts, the old galvanized steel will be replaced by pipes made of a plastic and vinyl-like material.

This project is split into three phases, with funding for the first two coming from the state and the township. Each phase involves the same ind of work but in different areas of the Foxcroft development. Combined work in the first two phases will clear about 5,600 feet of ditch and repair about 700 feet of culvert.

Phase one of the project has an estimated cost of $118,000 and will be put out for bid by early spring; the second phase comes with a price tag of $105,000 and will likely be bid out by the end of the year.

Money from the township’s general fund will cover around 31 percent of those costs.

McCann said the department is seeking state money for the additional ditch cleaning and culvert repairs of phase three, which does not yet have a cost estimate.

The township also will be seeking bids on a sewer repair project in the Bolindale area, near Ravenwood and Trentwood drives, where a damaged 36-inch storm sewer is causing sinkholes.

The pipe joint — or the ring connecting the two segments of pipe — will be replaced at a cost of $128,000 and will be funded similarly to the Venice Heights project.

McCann added that in other infrastructure plans, the township will proceed with its annual road repaving project.

Though the streets have not been declared for repaving, McCann said the township will begin the work as early as spring. Typically, he added, up to four miles of road are repaved annually.

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